Advisory Board

The Advisory Board


is a Professor of Earthquake Engineering and Disaster Risk Reduction at the University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene (USTHB)in Algeria. He has his PhD from the Imperial College of the University of London, his M.Sc. from Stanford University, and postdoctoral studies from University of Tokyo (Japan). Benouar is the Director of the Built Environment Research laboratory (LBE) at USTHB. He is a member of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Science Committee, member of the Algerian Hazards Network (AHNet) and a partner of the Periperi U (Partners Enhancing Resilience to People Exposed to Risks) an African Consortium and an ICoE of the IRDR program.



is head of the Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management and adaptive Planning Section and Academic Officer at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security. He holds a PhD in Spatial Planning from the Dortmund University and a post-doctoral degree in Geography (Habilitation) from the University of Bonn. His research interests include vulnerability, sustainable development and environmental assessment, with expertise in socio-economic trends and environmental degradation at sub-national, local and household scale. He is currently a lead author on the IPCC Special Report “Managing the Risk of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation” and the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report chapter "Emergent Risks and Key-Vulnerabilities." He is also involved in vulnerability assessment in coastal and flood-prone communities in Indonesia and Vietnam and coordinates the development and testing of indicators to measure vulnerability to floods, heat waves, droughts, and sea level rise in Germany, Egypt and Indonesia.



is an Adjunct Full Professor at Simon Fraser University and Senior Research Scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada. An engineering geologist with over 300 publications, his research interests include landslides, paleoearthquakes, paleotsunamis, aggregate resources, drift prospecting, medical geology and geoheritage studies. He has worked in North and South America, China, India, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He is currently/formerly: Secretary General of the International Union of Geological Sciences, President of the Geological Association of Canada, President of the Canadian Quaternary Association and others. He is presently on the editorial board of the journals Quaternary International and Landslides.


Ian Burton


is a Scientist Emeritus with the Adaptation and Impacts Research Group (AIRG) of the Meteorological Service of Canada and a Professor Emeritus with the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto. His research interests include risk assessment of environmental hazards, water resources and supply, and environment and development. Dr. Burton has served as senior advisor to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) (Ottawa) and as a consultant to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the U.S. Agency for International Development (US-AID), and numerous Canadian government agencies and engineering firms. He has worked for the Ford Foundation in India, Sudan, and Nigeria and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.



is an internationally recognized expert on disaster recovery. She joined the Department of Architecture at U. C. Berkeley in 1978 and served as Chair from 2006-2009. Her research focuses on the costs and benefits of seismic rehabilitation (particularly housing), post-disaster recovery and reconstruction, and loss modeling. She is the author of Disaster Hits Home: New Policy for Urban Housing Recovery and hundreds of other research reports and scientific papers. In 2011, she received the Green Star Award from the United Nations for her work in post-disaster reconstruction in China and Haiti. In 2013, she received the U. C. Berkeley Chancellor’s Award for Public Service for Research in the Public Interest, and the EERI Distinguished Lecturer Award. She currently serves as president-elect of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.



is Chief of the Global Climate Applications Division and Director of the Technical Support Unit for the U.S. National Climate Assessment at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988 and served as an Assistant Professor in the Atmospheric Sciences Program, Department of Geography, Indiana University-Bloomington from 1987 to 1990. Dr. Easterling was a Lead Author on the Nobel Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report, the IPCC Special Report on Climate Extremes, the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, and a Convening Lead Author for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product 3.3 on Climate Extremes. His research interests include the detection of climate change in the observed record and the assessment of climate model simulations for changes in extreme climate events.



is Director-General of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, an Academician of CAS, and a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences. He presently serves as President of the International Council for Science Committee on Data for Science and Technology, Scientific Committee Member of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk program, Director of the CAS-TWAS Center of Excellence on Space Technology for Disaster Mitigation, Secretary-General of the International Society for Digital Earth, and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Digital Earth. He has over 30 years of experience in remote sensing and established an all-weather, day and night remote sensing monitoring system for disaster reduction. The system made significant contributions to disaster relief after the Wenchuan and Yushu earthquakes, and his team was collectively recognized as a National Hero in Earthquake Relief Work by the Central Government of China.



Handmer is a Professor and Deputy Head of Research and Innovations at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) where he leads the Center for Risk and Community Safety and Human Security Programs. He is also Convener of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Emergency Management, and Principle Scientific Advisor for the Bushfire CRC. His areas of expertise are public policy issues in risk and community safety; emergency planning and management; community resilience; the interface of spatial information science and risk and safety management; and sustainable development. Professor Handmer also holds adjunct professorial positions at ANU and the Flood Hazard Research Centre in London.



is a Professor of the Kyoto University Graduate School of Informatics. Since 1994, he has taught at the Research Center for Disaster Reduction Systems at Kyoto University's Disaster Prevention Research Institute. He received both his Bachelors and Master's degrees from Waseda University, and Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. The general focus of Dr. Hayashi's work is on Societal and Human Reactions to Disasters, Risk Communication and Education, Information System for Disaster Management, Standardization of Emergency Operations, and Multi-hazard Risk Assessment.



is the James G. Dinan Professor; Professor of Decision Sciences and Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School; and co-director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center. He is recipient of the Elizur Wright Award for publications making significant contribution to the literature of insurance. Kunruether co-leads the Wharton Extreme Events initiative on the future of natural disaster protection and risk financing. He currently serves on the National Academy of Science/National Research Council’s committees on “Analysis of Costs and Benefits of Reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program” and the “Roundtable on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events.” He is a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s newly-released report, “Integrated Risk and Uncertainty Assessment of Climate Change Response Policies” and served on the New York City Mayor’s Office Panel on Climate Change as part of the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency.



is the Head of the Snow and Permafrost Research Unit at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research in Davos and Full Professor for Cryospheric Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering. His background is in Environmental Sciences and Atmospheric Physics. He has started and lead the developed the well-known model systems SNOWPACK and Alpine3D and investigates (snow) precipitation and its distribution in Alpine terrain, particle transport at the earth’s surface and climate change for snow and permafrost in particular with respect to hydrological consequences and natural hazards.



is a Professor and Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina. He also serves as Director of the UNC Center for Natural Hazards and Disasters in Chapel Hill and is the lead-Principle Investigator on the Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence in Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure and Emergency Management. He has actively participated on numerous coastal science advisory committees including three National Academies/National Research Council committees (including Chairing a committee on Coastal Risk Reduction in 2013-14); the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East; the Science and Engineering Advisory Council for the Water Institute of the Gulf; and as a publically elected member of the Carteret County Board of Education.



is the Director of the School of Earth Sciences at Ohio State University. His research interests include the biogeochemistry of Antarctic terrestrial/aquatic ecosystems; the interactions and rates of chemical weathering, erosion/sediment transport and carbon dynamics, especially in small, mountainous watersheds and polar regions; and the impact of urbanization, suburbanization and agricultural activities on water quality. He is a Co-Principal Investigator on the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research program. He is a U.S. representative on the Geosciences Standing Scientific Group of the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research, and currently the Chief Office of the Geosciences Standing Scientific Group. He is also a former Director of the Byrd Polar Research Center at OSU. He is an associate editor for Chemical Geology and Polar Science.



received a BA in physics from Reed College and a PhD in geophysics/stratigraphy from Cornell University. Since 2000, he has been on the academic staff in the Department of Geography at King’s College London, where he is presently a Professor of Natural and Environmental Hazards. Professor Malamud was President of the Natural Hazards Division of the European Geosciences Union and the Chair of the Programme Committee for the EGU General Assembly 2010 and 2011. In 2012 he received the EGU service award. Currently he is an executive editor for the journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences.



is Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection for Public Health England. Her expertise is on the toxicological and environmental public health aspects of response to acute and chronic chemical and extreme event incidents. She is the UK Government member on the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) Scientific and Technical Committee. Murray served as a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation”. She is one of the 15 members of the UNISDR Advisory Group for the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction representing health and science.


is a Professor in Psychology at the University of Tasmania, a Research Fellow at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (New Zealand), a Technical Adviser on risk communication to the World Health Organization, a member of the IRDR Risk Interpretation and Action sub-committee of the UN-ISDR, and an adviser to the Australian Red Cross on community resilience. He is the Editor of the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters. His research focuses on developing and testing multi-level, all-hazards, cross cultural theories of community resilience and adaptive capacity that integrate risk management and community development approaches.



is a Professor of Sociology and Director of the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research focuses on the social dimensions of hazards and disasters, including natural, technological, and human-induced extreme events. Tierney is currently a member of the National Academies Committee to advise the U. S. Global Change Research Program. She serves on the steering committee of the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Climate Change and on the board of directors of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and she is co-editor of the Natural Hazards Review. Tierney received the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2006 and the Fred Buttel Award for Distinguished Contributions from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Environment, Technology, and Society in 2012.